Words related to -ive

obtrusive (adj.)

"given to thrusting one's self or one's opinions upon the company or notice of others, characterized by forcibly thrusting (oneself, etc.) into notice or prominence," 1660s, from Latin obtrus-, past participle stem of obtrudere (see obtrude) + -ive. Related: Obtrusively; obtrusiveness.

occlusive (adj.)

"serving to close, having the function of closing," 1867, from Latin occlus-, past-participle stem of occludere (see occlude) + -ive.

participative (adj.)

"capable of participating; having the quality of participating," 1650s, from participate + -ive. Earlier adjectives were participate (from Latin participatus), participant, both late 15c.

perceptive (adj.)

"of or pertaining to the act or power of perceiving," 1650s, from Latin percept-, past-participle stem of percipere (see perceive) + -ive. In reference to intelligence from 1860. From mid-15c. as the name of a type of optical instrument or magic glass revealing future events. The older word in the mental sense was perceptible (q.v.); also compare Middle English perceivaunt "observant" (late 14c.), from Old French and Medieval Latin. Related: Perceptively; perceptiveness.

percussive (adj.)

"of or pertaining to percussion," 1735, from Latin percuss-, past-participle stem of percutere "to strike hard" (see percussion) + -ive. It was used earlier as a noun, "a repercussive medicine" (late 14c.).


"of or pertaining to performance," 1955, adjective and noun, coined by British philosopher of language J.L. Austin (1911-1960), from perform + -ive, perhaps on model of informative.

pervasive (adj.)

tending or having the power to pervade," "1750, with -ive + Latin pervas-, past-participle stem of pervadere "spread or go through," from per "through" (from PIE root *per- (1) "forward," hence "through") + vadere "to go" (see vamoose). Related: Pervasively; pervasiveness.

plausive (adj.)

"expressing approval by or as by applause," c. 1600, from Latin plaus-, past-participle stem of plaudere "to applaud" (see plaudit) + -ive.

precipitative (adj.)

"pertaining to precipitation, having the quality of precipitating," 1883; see precipitate (v.) + -ive.

preclusive (adj.)

"tending to preclude," 1690s, from stem of Latin praecludere "to close, shut off; impede" (see preclude) + -ive. Related: Preclusively.

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